As I have mentioned before, I am slowly making my way through Joseph Jungmann’s, The Mass of the Roman Rite. At this stage of the book, Father Jungmann is charting the development of the showing of the Holy Eucharist after consecration, commonly called the elevation. A few days ago I came across a nugget of wisdom from a thirteenth century preacher. None of us should doubt that there are special graces for those who look upon the Blessed Sacrament. A sentence from a sermon of the Franciscan preacher, Berthold of Regensburg (c. 1220-1272), puts it succinctly:
At the elevation of the Sacrament the priest seems to be saying three things to you: See the Son of God who, for your sakes, shows His wounds to the Heavenly Father; see the Son of God, who for your sakes, was thus lifted on the Cross; see the Son of God, who will come to judge the living and the dead.
Berthold of Regensburg’s words provide a perfect answer to the question: what should I be thinking about during the elevation of the Eucharist at Holy Mass?
- That Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
- That the suffering and death of Our Blessed Lord’s was for your sake!
- That we should know what is going on at Holy Mass.
Don’t forget: each time we receive a Sacrament worthily Christ comes to dwell in our hearts.
Christmas is still over a month away, I hope each of us is able to make at least one good confession before then!